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Supporting local young people to succeed

(22 August 2019)

We want talented students from all backgrounds to study with us, which is why we run many successful outreach projects. 

For one of those projects, Supported Progression, nearly 200 young people recently took part in week-long summer schools aimed at helping them fulfil their potential.

What is Supported Progression?

A two-year programme to help talented students studying in the North East, Cumbria and Yorkshire who have the potential to study at a university like Durham.

Events include a day visit for the student and a parent or carer, a two-night residential event, and a five-night residential summer school.

Students learn about applying to university, university study, university life, student finance, and studying abroad, and practice giving presentations, working in a team, and managing their time.

Those who complete the programme receive a reduced entry requirement, of two to three A-level grades or equivalent below the typical entry requirement for their chosen degree, as well as a guaranteed offer should they choose to study with us (subject to their A-level results).

This year’s summer schools

Nearly 200 students attended week-long summer schools in July and August. 

They completed study projects, lived in one of our Colleges, and had various social opportunities.

Olivia, from Peterlee, County Durham, was part of a group studying Law. She said Supported Progression was a really good opportunity and she’d enjoyed asking questions of Law lecturers.

The programme is supported by current undergraduates, who act as student ambassadors. One of the ambassadors, Joseph, a Physics student, came through the Supported Progression himself.

He said he hadn’t known very much about university before taking part, but Supported Progression convinced him he wanted to study for a degree. Now he’s pleased to be helping younger students decide their future.

How do I get involved?

Keep an eye on the Supported Progression web pages for details of the next programme.